Written by Ed Osborn
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University has made the list of "Great Colleges to Work For," according to a survey done for The Chronicle of Higher Education. ModernThink LLC, an independent research company, surveyed 247 colleges and universities and more than 41,000 employees at those institutions to develop its findings. The program is the second largest workplace recognition program in the country, after Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" program.
Between 400 and 600 employees were surveyed at each college or university and each institution was also asked to fill out an organizational questionnaire. In addition to being recognized as a "Great College to Work For," Eastern ranked highly in two of the 26 subcategories in the survey, placing in the top 10 among medium-sized colleges for "Collaborative Governance" and "Post-Retirement Benefits."
"It is an honor to be included in 'Great Colleges to Work For,'" said Eastern President Elsa Nunez. "Being recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a quality workplace in the world of higher education is very gratifying. While we conduct our own internal climate research on a periodic basis, seeing how we compare with other institutions our size across America is very helpful. Given that "Great Colleges to Work For" is essentially a report on how our faculty and staff feel about the University, I am especially pleased to see that we ranked in the top 10 for having a collaborative governance process at Eastern. We believe in operating as a team on our campus, and this report tells me that our faculty and staff believe the process is working."
For complete survey results, visit http://chronicle.com/indepth/academicworkplace/.)